Active Directory actions

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Power Automate Desktop provides Active Directory actions allowing users to add, remove, or update users, user roles and objects in the Active Directory server.

Connect to an Active Directory server

Active Directory-related flows require a connection to an Active Directory server. Establish the connection by using the Connect to server action, which requires the LDAP path to specify the domain controllers.

Screenshot of Connect to server action properties.

Select the Use Authentication check box to show additional fields. If authentication is required, provide the Authentication type along with your Username and Password. The password can be entered directly or as a variable.

Screenshot of Connect to server action properties with Use authentication switched on.

The action stores the output which contains the Active Directory connection, Parent entry, into a variable; therefore, other Active Directory actions can reference it.

Note

The LDAP Path field should have the following format: LDAP://DC=contoso,DC=demo

Close the Active Directory connection

Close the Active Directory connection with the Close connection action. The only input that this action requires is the variable that stores the Active Directory Parent Entry.

Screenshot of Close connection action properties.

Note

All Active Directory actions require the Active Directory Parent Entry. The name of the variable from the Connect to Active Directory Server action where the parent entry is stored will be populated automatically into any Active Directory action, even if the default variable name has been changed.

User management

Use Active Directory user management actions to create, modify, update, and unlock users and retrieve information about them.

Create a user with the Create user action. The Location field must contain the location of the user's container. Enter the user’s details, as necessary. You can provide the password directly or by specifying a variable.

Screenshot of Create user action properties.

Note

The Location field should have the following format: CN=Users,DC=contoso,DC=demo

The Modify user action allows you to perform the following operations on a user account:

  • Enable/Disable
  • Rename
  • Delete
  • Reset Password

Screenshot of Modify user action properties.

Note

All Active Directory user management actions require the user’s distinguished name. The Distinguished Name field should have the following format: CN=nvarga,CN=Users,DC=contoso,DC=demo, where nvarga is the username.

You can use the Update user info action to add more details to, or modify existing details of, an Active Directory user.

Screenshot of Update user info action properties.

The Unlock user action behaves in a similar manner as the Update user action, except that the required inputs are limited to the parent directory and distinguished name.

Screenshot of Unlock user action properties.

To get a user's info, use the Get user info action, which requires the same inputs. The action stores the retrieved information in a variable.

Screenshot of Get user info action properties.

Note

To list the distinguished names of all Active Directory users, open the command prompt and run the following command: dsquery user

Group management

Create and modify Active Directory groups in a similar way to users. Create groups with the Create group action. The action requires filling in the Group name and Location fields, as for the previously described actions. Optionally provide a description and define a group scope and type.

Screenshot of Create group action properties.

Modify groups with the Modify group action, which requires the distinguished name of the group and, if the operation applies to users, the distinguished name of the user.

Screenshot of Modify group action properties.

Get information, or the members of an Active Directory with the Get group info and Get group members actions respectively. These actions require the distinguished name of the group and store the retrieved information in a variable.

Note

To list the distinguished names of all Active Directory groups, open the command prompt and run the following command: dsquery group

Object management

Create, move, rename, or delete Active Directory objects with the corresponding actions. To create an object, use the Create object action. The object’s name, location, and type must be specified in the action properties.

Screenshot of Create object action properties.

In all Active Directory object management actions, specify the object by its distinguished name. When moving or renaming and object, specify the new location and new name.

Note

To list the distinguished names of all Active Directory computers, open the command prompt and run the following command: dsquery computer

To list the distinguished names of all Active Directory organizational units, open the command prompt and run the following command: dsquery ou